Toasted Bran Muffins

Toasted Bran Muffins
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    Servings Prep Time
    12 muffins 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    30 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    12 muffins 20 minutes
    Cook Time
    30 minutes
    Toasted Bran Muffins
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      12 muffins 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      30 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      12 muffins 20 minutes
      Cook Time
      30 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: muffins
      Instructions
      1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Spread wheat bran out on a large baking sheet and toast in oven for 6-8 minutes turning once.
      2. While wheat bran is toasting and cooling, cook 1 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat until soft and the water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Puree raisins until smooth.
      3. In a medium bowl, whisk together wheat bran, flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
      4. In a large bowl whisk together oil and brown sugar. Add egg and egg white and whisk to combine. Stir in pureed raisins, remaining 3/4 cup water, buttermilk, orange juice and orange zest.
      5. Add dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup of raisins. Scoop evenly into muffin cups, mounding the batter.
      6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool for 5-7 minutes before removing muffins from tin to cooling rack.
      Recipe Notes

      -it is highly recommended to weigh dry ingredients.

      -when scooping the batter, the muffin cups will be very full.

      -if you don't want whole raisins in the final muffin, cook all the raisins with 3/4 cup of water and blend, continue with recipe adding only 1/2 cup additional water (for 1 1/4 cup total) and omit raisins at the end.

      Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel

      Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel
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        Servings Prep Time
        20-24 pieces 40 minutes
        Cook Time
        40 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        20-24 pieces 40 minutes
        Cook Time
        40 minutes
        Apple Date Cake with Pecan Streusel
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          Servings Prep Time
          20-24 pieces 40 minutes
          Cook Time
          40 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          20-24 pieces 40 minutes
          Cook Time
          40 minutes
          Ingredients
          Apple Date Cake
          Pecan Streusel
          Servings: pieces
          Instructions
          Pecan Streusel
          1. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients and set aside.
          Apple Date Cake
          1. In a medium sauce pan combine dates and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occationally until dates are very soft and pasty, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in spiced rum. Allow to cool slightly before adding to recipe.
          2. Preheat oven to 350℉ and lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan with non-stick spray or butter. Line the pan with parchment, overhanging on two sides (this allows you to lift the cake out of the pan).
          3. While dates are cooling, whisk together the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
          4. In a seperate small bowl toss together chopped apple and 1 tbsp of flour. Set aside.
          5. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, incorporating after each. Add dates, applesauce and buttermilk whisking to fully combine.
          6. Whisk in dry ingredients until combined. Add diced apples, shaking off any excess flour as you add them. Stir to evenly distribute.
          7. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle evenly with pecan streusel. Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
          8. Allow to cool completely prior to lifting out of the pan and cutting into desired portions. Serving with Spiced Rum Caramel is highly recommended.

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: dozen
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour over raisins. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside until ready to use.
              2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt.
              3. Cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Stir in molasses.
              4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Stir in raisin.
              5. Using a one-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment lined baking trays, spacing 2" apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with damp fingers or palm of your hand. Bake on middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
              Recipe Notes

              -recipe yields 48 2 1/2" cookies.

              -for best results, bake each tray separately on the middle rack.

              -you can skip the plumping of the raisins, however, it does make for a very nice chewy cookie.

              Cardamom Date Squares


              Cardamom Date Squares
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                Servings Prep Time
                36 squares 40 minutes
                Cook Time
                30 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                36 squares 40 minutes
                Cook Time
                30 minutes
                Cardamom Date Squares
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  36 squares 40 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  36 squares 40 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  30 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: squares
                  Instructions
                  1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and lightly butter a 9"x9" baking pan. Line bottom and two sides with parchment, allowing a slight overhang.
                  2. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine dates, granulated sugar, orange juice and water. Allow to come to a simmer and cook uncovered for 8-10 until soft and jammy. Remove from heat and set aside.
                  3. In a large bowl combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cardamom, baking soda and salt. Cut in butter using your fingers or pastry cutter until well combined and mixture holds together when lightly squeezed.
                  4. Evenly press a generous half of oat mixture (about 3 cups) into the bottom of prepared pan. Spread dates evenly over oats. Add remaining oat mixture, pressing slightly. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Remove from pan by lifting the overhanging parchment and cut into desired squares.

                  Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins


                  Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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                    Servings Prep Time
                    14 Muffins 25 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    18-20 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    14 Muffins 25 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    18-20 minutes
                    Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
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                      Servings Prep Time
                      14 Muffins 25 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      18-20 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      14 Muffins 25 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      18-20 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Servings: Muffins
                      Instructions
                      1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 14-18 muffin tins with paper cups.
                      2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
                      3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time, whisking well after each. Peel and mash bananas, add to bowl along with yogurt, orange juice and vanilla. Whisk to combine well, then add flour mixture, whisking until just combined and starting to smooth out. Stir in chocolate chips.
                      4. For large muffins, scoop a generous 1/3 cup of batter per muffin tin. For smaller muffins, use a 1/4 cup of batter per muffin tin.
                      5. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan slightly before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.
                      Recipe Notes

                      Will keep for several days at room temperature wrapped individually or in a sealed container.  They freeze well wrapped individually and will keep for up to a month.